A law enforcement source confirmed that the former president’s passports, which were obtained by the FBI during the search of his South Florida home last week, have been returned to him.
According to the source, a “filter team,” a squad of federal investigators that screens the items taken during the execution of a search warrant for privileged or superfluous information, found the passports and returned them to Trump.
When carrying out search warrants, the FBI said in a statement that it “follows search and seizure procedures ordered by judges, then returns items that we do not require to be retained for law enforcement purposes.”
When agents searched Mar-a-Lago last week, according to Trump, the FBI “stole” three passports, one of which was, he claimed, expired. Trump made this claim in a post on Truth Social, the former president’s social media platform, at around 1:30 p.m.
He wrote, “This was an onslaught on a political rival at a level never witnessed in our country.” Threerd World!A few hours later, Taylor Budowich, a Trump spokesperson, posted an email that Jay Bratt, a senior Justice Department official, had sent to the former president’s attorneys informing them that the passports had been taken and would be returned.
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